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"Supergirl: "The Nature of the Beast!"": Linda Danvers is visiting Nasthalthia (Nasty) at her apartment. Nasty is hopeful that Linda will agree to move in with her so that she can keep her under surveillance and prove she is Supergirl. While touring the apartment Linda spots a horrifying scene i


Quote1 Yes, Judy... A falling star... Perhaps it tried to climb too high and burned itself out... Quote2
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Adventure Comics #410 is an issue of the series Adventure Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of September, 1971.

Appearing in Supergirl: "The Nature of the Beast!"

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  • Bird-Men (Single appearance)

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  • Mike Merrick (First appearance)
  • Paul (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Supergirl: "The Nature of the Beast!"

Linda Danvers is visiting Nasthalthia (Nasty) at her apartment. Nasty is hopeful that Linda will agree to move in with her so that she can keep her under surveillance and prove she is Supergirl. While touring the apartment Linda spots a horrifying scene in the apartment next door. Linda changes into Supergirl and bursts in next door where a man is being attacked by strange manbird creatures. She subdues the creatures and pursues them as they fly out the window but she loses her super powers. Her powers have been coming in and out since swallowing a drug in issue 404. Supergirl falls from the apartment to the street but manages to catch herself. She returns back to the mans apartment dressed as Linda and finds Nasty coddling the handsome young man that had been attacked. The young man introduces himself as Mike Merrill. He seems to be under the impression that it was Nasty that saved him from the bird creatures. He invites both girls out to dinner. They dine at the Club 500 where Mike devotes most of his attention to Linda instead of Nasty. Mike and Linda spend most of their time on the dance floor and find that Nasty has left apparently out of jealousy and boredom. Mike and Linda leave the club where they are both abducted once again by the bird creatures.

The bird creatures whisk both of them away to an island inhabited by other bird creatures. They are brought before the leader where Mike is accused of stealing jewels. The chief bird explains that they used to be villagers with normal human appearances until a professor came accompanied by Mike and performed bizarre experiments on them. The injections they received from the Professor and Mike altered their appearance into the bird like creatures. They also steal a jewel from a sacred idol as they prepared to evacuate the island. The leader then explains that the Professor was later found dead on the beach. Supposedly murdered by Mike. Mike denies the accusations so the bird creatures threaten to drop Linda into a volcano to make Mike confess. At that point Mike reveals that the Jewel is back at his apartment. He and Linda are imprisoned until the jewel is recovered. They are imprisoned in a cage but Mike tries to escape by setting a fire. As they escape, Mike is attacked b the bird creatures once more. Linda changes into Supergirl and flies Mike to safety off the island. As she is flying, Supergirls powers fade away yet again. She is rescued by Mike who swims her back to the beach. He lays Supergirls unconscious body down and confesses that he knows that Supergirl and Linda are one and the same. He also reveals that he lied about the location of the jewel and admits that Supergirl will eventually have to hunt him down as he walks away from Supergirls unconscious body on the beach.

Appearing in Legion of Super-Heroes: "The Revolt of the Girl Legionnaires"

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Synopsis for Legion of Super-Heroes: "The Revolt of the Girl Legionnaires"

This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #326.

Saturn Girl has called together all the female members of the Legion of Super-Heroes to betray the male members. Phantom Girl, Triplicate Girl, Light Lass, Shrinking Violet, and Supergirl all join Saturn Girl on their crusade to defeat all the male members. Using their feminine charm to lull the male members into a sense of false security, each female member manages to easily defeat each male member they charm.

After all the male Legionnaires are defeated, the girls party until they're called by Queen Azura from the planet Femnaz. She explains that after the men on her world were deemed week, she and her people decided to target the male members of the Legion of Super-Heroes believing them to be just as weak. She then used special hypnosis devices to convince the female Legion members to join in this cause.

However, the Queen realized the error of her ways when Mon-El and Ultra-Boy saved one of Femnaz's moons, and thus releases the female Legion members from her control. The female members then revive and save their male counterparts and after all is explained, they make peace.

Appearing in Supergirl: "The Ruler Without a Planet"

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  • Equila/Judy (First appearance)

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  • Unnamed Alien (Equila's step-father) (Only appearance; dies)

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Synopsis for Supergirl: "The Ruler Without a Planet"

Supergirl is on patrol in search of Mike Merrick from the first story. She encounters a huge ape creature causing havoc on the city block below. She notices that the beast is clutching a small boy in its hand. Supergirl quickly subdues the creature and rescues the boy. As she is setting the boy down, Supergirl notices flames coming from a nearby storage room. She tries to blow the flames out using her super breath but finds that her super powers have disappeared again. Suddenly a young girl appears out of nowhere and seemingly blows out the flames with a super breath of her own. Supergirl is amazed with the little girls power. The little girl explains that she does not have any parents, only a stepfather. She explains that she had accidentally traveled to earth on a spaceship. The craft exploded once she landed and now she is trapped on earth. She demonstrates her powers of flight and offers to help Supergirl fight crime on earth. She also reveals that she knows Supergirls secret identity. The little girls name is revealed to be Judy and Supergirl allows her to assist in crime fighting adventures. One night Judy receives a telepathic message from her step father. The stepfather remarks that Judy was sent to earth to destroy all superheroes starting with Supergirl. The stepfather encourages Judy to shoot Supergirl with a green death ray gun but the little girl refuses. The stepfather is enraged and attempts to shoot the little girl with a death ray of his own but Supergirl blocks it from hitting Judy. In the meantime the United States Air Force has detected the stepfathers ship hovering in the sky. They shoot it down with their weapons as Supergirl and Judy view the night sky. Judy points to trailing flames of the craft and remarks that it is a falling star. Supergirl responds by sayin it was a falling star that climbed too high and burned itself out.

Notes

  • This issue features the first appearance of a new Supergirl outfit. It was designed by fan John Sposato from Edison, N.J., as indicated in the letter page of this issue. The costume proved popular enough that it became Supergirl's main outfit for the upcoming years including her first own comic book until it was changed during her second title in 1983.

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